Adventures of Sister Angelique Steenhoek
August 2013-February 2015
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Friday, November 14, 2014
Konichiwa - Notes from 14 November 2014
So we were in the Assembly Hall greeting people as they came in for a lecture by Sheri Dew, when
this older man (probably in his 80s) turns to my Taiwanese companion and says, "Konichiwa!" With
all the fervor of his being. He was very confident that she was from Japan... I could not help but
burst out laughing! Hahah so funny.
Well, while we were helping the hosts and hostesses greet people, in walks Sheri Dew!
She came over and gave the both of us a big group hug. We told her we wish we could stay,
but are going to go find the elect outside in the cold. She wisely told us, "It takes the elect to
find the elect." I love that! We need to strive to become what we see others becoming.
As we were talking to a young mom, we heard another wonderful phrase,
"Snow makes the cold beautiful." What a great outlook that is! I need to keep that in mind this winter.
We had part of our explorer day this past week. If you are not familiar with explorer day, it means that
new missionaries and their trainers get 12 hours to "explore" what temple square is all about and get
familiar with it so we can tell others about it! We went to the Humanitarian Center and Welfare Square
with Sister Cuevas and Sister Quidiman.
It was so neat to be able to review the information, but also to think about how prepared our church really is!
We have so many resources to improve the quality of human life. One just has to look for it. Something that
we have a LOT of is opportunities for people to serve. One can have a calling, one can serve a mission, one
can do service for another, one can help out with humanitarian/welfare efforts. One can serve his/her family
members, etc etc.
We gave Jack a Book of Mormon!! Jack is a homeless man that sits outside of the City Creek mall. No one
was stopping to talk to him, and so we talked with him. He isn't a member, but he really likes Temple Square!
I gave him a picture of the temple. When we asked if he had read the Book of Mormon, he said he had a while
ago, but he has lost it. We went back to Temple Square and got him his very own new copy of the Book of
Mormon and underlined some powerful scriptures that he can look at.
We met Lesi at the mall just a few days ago. Lesi is an awesome Polynesian woman. She is currently working
on becoming a BYU religion professor. I have written about her in previous emails, but she loves going around
to the sisters and giving us pages and pages of quotes she has printed out from past prophets and apostles.
She testifies to us that God is the ultimate God. That no one will come above him. She testifies with a lot of
gusto! I told her I wish she could follow us around on tours and we could cue her in when we want her to testify.
Dee has her temple recommend!!! She got baptized just a week ago, and now she is all ready to enter into the
House of the Lord. What a powerhouse of the Spirit!
I am currently studying in the Teaching Skills section of Preach My Gospel for personal studies, and I am
studying how to teach the Restoration to those without a Christian background. Something that stuck out
to me was that it doesn't matter our cultural or religious circumstances, ALL of God's children have to
experience faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost in order to be truly
converted and enter into the presence of God. As simple as it is, we should not be afraid of testifying of
the very points that Christ teaches.
Love you all!
P.S. for Zone Activity today, we actually went to the Salt Lake City Cemetary and found graves of many
past prophets, and even Joseph Smith's body guard, Orrin Porter Rockwell. Pretty eerie and cool!
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